Well, right in the first sentence I have to take back what I said in the title. I did make 6 abscenes books, but I wouldn’t call it editioning, not really, since I just made 6 copies without really changing anything about my process. But yes, the first copies are done and can be purchased through my Etsy shop. After much thought I decided against any form of text reproduction. Anything that would have been mechanized would have brought with it the problem of registration, and the therefore the need to mechanize the reproduction of the background images (because the writing sits directly on it and margins are small). These considerations confirmed me in the throught that screen printing would be the right thing. And checked out my options for accession a screenprinting studio. (I did not want to let others print it for me.) And I actually found some, which I will keep in mind for the future.
But then I realized I just loved the raw look of the pencil lines on the gesso, and I decided that I would just write every single copy by hand. – After all, the story is not so awfully long.
Have I talked about the story yet? – I don’t think so. I don’t want to give too much away in hope that some of you might still have the change to read it yourselves. This short story really is just a dialogue. A woman talks to a police officer about stranges disappearances of objects in her appartment. “Mostly small things of everyday life that might have been gone for a long time or maybe vanished just before I noticed they are missing. For most of them I couldn’t say when I last saw them.” In the end she finds out what happened. I hope the resolution is surprising and a little bit funny. It is a story about the importance of paying attention to details for not to miss the big things in your life.
This is an open varying edition. Wich means I might make more, and not two copies are exactly the same. – The position of the stencils varies, the paper used, and sometimes even the text: While the story is always the same, I sometimes changed the wording a little, and leave out or add small notes like “[sighs]”.
I am happy to swap this book for another artist book or zine. If you are interested, contact me! Three are already gone, but the number 4 could be yours.